February brings red roses, chocolates, sparkling pink prosecco and bucket loads of romance, and if you are thinking of a Valentine treat for your significant someone, then a few days in Gibraltar is exactly the sort of treat you might be looking for. Even if you just happen to be stopping in Gibraltar for a few hours as a day-tripper from Spain through the land border, or are stopping to savour the delights of our iconic Rock as part of a Mediterranean tourist cruise, Gibraltar is bound to have something special for your loved one.
Gibraltar’s busy shopping centre – Main Street, Irish Town and the surrounding streets – has a huge selection of shops from which to buy that extra special gift for that extra special person in your life. We can start by talking about some of the most beautiful, luxurious pieces of jewellery anywhere: diamonds, white gold, pearls – you name it, and there’ll be something in Gibraltar’s high-end jewellery shops to make that perfect gift. If you’re special someone might prefer a watch, there are a brilliant variety to choose from: Olivia Burton to Gucci, Cartier to Rolex. And there are more modestly-priced pieces too, which will suit most budgets. The pleasant, vibrant surroundings of Main Street and the highly-trained, customer-focused shop attendants make shopping an absolute pleasure in Gibraltar. And, of course, with Gibraltar being a VAT-free jurisdiction, even at the top end, value for money is a given!
Besides the traditional romance of Valentine’s Day, this year is a leap year and February has that extra day – traditionally a day for marriage proposals. So, what better than to buy that gorgeous diamond ring and “pop the question” right here on the Rock of Gibraltar! The choices of romantic location for that special moment are many: at one of Gibraltar’s beautiful, marina-front restaurants for example. Or while taking a stroll along one of our pretty beaches – the weather is usually mild enough to walk on the sand and let the sea lap at your feet. Or you could be standing at the top of the Rock itself, surrounded by the exhilaration of spectacular views and your partner saying “yes”! The romance could not get any better.
But just coming back down to earth for a moment, most visitors to Gibraltar love coming here for the sheer joy of visiting an iconic place, a World Heritage Site, an ancient city rising from the sea at the southern tip of Europe. So perhaps your special treat for your loved one this romantic month of February could be your very own private tour of the Rock. You could arrange a tailor-made tour route, take in some of the world-famous sights at stunning locations: the summit of the Rock, Moorish Castle, Europa Point, the Lighthouse, the Mosque…there’s so much to see in Gibraltar. The tour taxi will take you where you most want to see, and bring you back into the city centre for a tour of the shops. Here, besides the jewellery, high end fashion and electronics, you will also find superb vintners with a great selection of wines, a gin distillery producing artisan Gibraltar gin and a wonderful selection of luxury chocolates, to sweeten the day further.
Gibraltar may be famous for its Neanderthal discoveries, its military history, its strategic location, the Mediterranean climate in a British environment, the Barbary apes…and it is also a wonderful place to enjoy some fun and some romance this springtime.